Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit

I read 1 Corinthians 2-6 this morning; some deep stuff from Paul on the Holy Spirit, warnings about division among Christians and warnings about immorality in the Church and the final few verses of Chapter 6 talk of us using our body to give glory to God.

I was particularly drawn to the part about being able to do things, but they may not always be good for us:

‘I can do anything I want to if Christ has not said no, but some of these things aren’t good for me. Even if I am allowed to do them, I’ll refuse to if I think they might get such a grip on me that I can’t easily stop when I want to.’ (1 Corinthians 6:12)

And then Paul uses the example of food:

‘For instance, take the matter of eating. God has given us an appetite for food and stomachs to digest it. But that doesn’t mean we should eat more than we need. Don’t think of eating as important because someday God will do away with both stomachs and food.’ (1 Corinthians 6:13)

And interestingly, I have been meditating over the last few days and the weekend on the scripture about my body being the temple of the Holy Spirit and low and behold this is in the last few verses of 1 Corinthians 6, but what strikes me further is that we belong to God; that he ‘owns us’:

‘Haven’t you yet learned that your body is the home of the Holy Spirit God gave you, and that he lives within you? Your own body does not belong to you.For God has bought you with a great price. So use every part of your body to give glory back to God because he owns it.’ (1 Corinthians 6:19 & 20)

That’s food for thought!

Jo

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